Learn to how to make beautiful floral centerpieces to impress guests and decorate your home. Wherever you place your flowers, these designer ideas and tricks will have 'em looking better and lasting longer than ever.
A bright bouquet of vibrant peonies (as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey) is an easy way to wake up a neutral room.
Arrangements in the dining room echo a New York farmhouse's deep purple living room. Paired with lavender glassware and linens, full-petaled sweet peas, and anemones add their own shot of color.
Sometimes, all it takes is an eccentric vase (or in this case, two) to make a statement. In this Philadelphia dining room, designed by Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley, a pair of majolica parrots hold rhododendrons and butterfly weed.
Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.
Flowers aren't just a spring thing. Ceramist Frances Palmer made fall flowers the guests of honor at an autumn luncheon. Raspberry branches and dill weed fill out the dahlia arrangements.
You can't go wrong with blue and white — with blooms or vessels. Here, Frances Palmer Pottery's Cambridge pitcher and Vigee vase rest on Clarence House's Milano velvet.
Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.
This delightfully overgrown bouquet amps up its rustic design when placed in a birch vase (like ). Its "just-picked" style is especially striking next to a tidy terrarium of succulents.
Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.
Unscented flowers can be beautiful to look at, but ultimately sort of a letdown. While some people believe fragrant blooms such as tuberose or gardenia don't belong on a dinner table, Roehm says this rule is overstated.
Displayed in a pair of wide glass vases, this bursting arrangement instantly brightens a sideboard. But the vessels can also be repositioned to fill two ends of a long dining table.
Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell loosens up the formality of teatime by covering a spring table with miniature bouquets of roses and peonies.
Balance a sparse bunch of flowers with overflowing bowls of fruit, like in this dining room by Miles Redd.
Don't discount your home's existing style. These exotic blooms, also called "pincushion flowers," enliven the terrace of a Moroccan-inspired house.
A base of floral foam helps these bursting rosy blooms stand at attention, but a can also help steady the flowers as you arrange them.
Go ahead and pile on the color. Lilacs from the garden add another energetic burst to a living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
The most useful vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, says Roehm. The volume of flowers and the container itself are inherently balanced.
Metal, ceramic and even colored glass vessels are more forgiving than clear vases — especially if you plan to use foam, marbles or a flower frog for stability.
For a can't-miss bouquet, emulate an existing accessory or color palette. The matching lilies shown here double down on a San Francisco home's sunny decor.
Eclectic decor can benefit from a cohesive color scheme. An all-blue palette refreshes the onetime hotel that John Knott and John Fondas transformed into their Maine summer house.
Corralled on a glimmering silver tray, a group of mismatched (but all clear) vessels is unexpected, but not cluttered. Plus, this arrangement offers each individual bloom a starring role.
Masculine spaces can stand a flower or two. In the dining room of a Georgian manor, a full bunch of greenery sets off the bamboo lattice wallpaper.
With a love of gutsy hues, Los Angeles-based designer Oliver M. Furth finds that a spring table is a fun place to experiment with color. "You can do something trendier or more fashion-forward than you might ever attempt in a whole room," he says.
Showcase your heirlooms with a helping of fresh flowers. In a Manhattan apartment, Qing vases flank an earthenware jar acquired by the homeowner's family 75 years ago.
Bold rooms deserve bold blooms. In the library of a London townhouse, crimson peonies stand up to the daring red wall color.
Flowers that bloom at the same time — like lilacs and tulips — often look beautiful in a bouquet. For fillers, use whatever's green and growing near them, advises Roehm.
Your souvenirs can get the flower-treatment, too. The owners of a Manhattan apartment bought this bronze vase on one of their annual trips to Italy.
Hometown inspiration works equally well. The owner of a Florida beach house likes to arrange garden flowers in glass vases from local antique markets.
Welcome guests by filling the entryway with delphiniums and matching ginger jars in a classic color scheme.
Don't forget the side tables. In a London townhouse, full-petaled blooms sit atop a whimsical spiral-base find.
This tonal spectrum of orange, pink and red tulips by Carolyne Roehm dazzles the eye. Plus, the tulips turn and face nearby sunlight for a magical effect.
Textile designer Michael Devine conjures a romantic, swoon-worthy alfresco fete. He wired fanciful faux butterflies into the floral arrangements, making them appear to be fluttering throughout the Queen Anne's lace.
The fireplace in a California cottage showcases two of designer Krista Ewart's "obsessions" — elephants and bold colors.
For a glam look, try using a metallic vase. It'll elevate the flowers and the room, like these colorful roses in a Brooklyn apartment.
The only thing prettier than blue-and-white porcelain vase is a flower arrangement inside of it.
For a splashy accent, think of the color wheel and choose complementary shades. For example, these peach roses pop inside a bright blue vase.
A white coffee table in a Rye, New York, house designed by Sara Gilbane gets a jolt of color from bright pink chrysanthemum blooms in a sleek vase.
Pink peonies can instantly wake up a workspace, like on this home office desk in designer Nina Farmer's Boston brownstone.
Why should your yard get to enjoy the hydrangea blooms all by itself? In a tiny Georgetown house designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale, a big cluster perks up a white table.
This arrangement of yellow ranunculus cheers up a coffee table in a Northern California house designed by Matthew Leverone.
Romantic blooms really say "It's spring!" They also add a pop of color to this accent table in Kelee Katillac's Kansas City apartment.
Classic and simple white amaryllis can ground an otherwise colorful room, like in this Illinois dining room designed by Ruthie Sommers.
A shimmery nightstand in an Amanda Nisbet-designed New York City apartment meets its match in this arrangement of calla lilies.
In Brian McCarthy and Daniel Sager's Kerhonkson, New York, house, a bright bouquet of sunflowers sits on a suzani-covered table.
A bunch of protea is the perfect complement to the clean lines of this airy nightstand in a Florida house designed by Marshall Watson.
A Cartier clock and purple roses are a classy pair for this master bedroom in a Los Angeles house designed by Mary McDonald.
Dahlia blooms are placed on a George III-style mahogany chair in a Brooklyn townhouse designed by Miles Redd.
Magnolias from Annie Brahler's yard in Jacksonville, Illinois, blend perfectly with her living room's creamy palette.
Light yellow orchids play nicely against a big blue vase in the dressing room of this Beverly Hills house by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
In the library of a New York apartment, peonies and cockscomb sit on a coffee table inlaid with ebony, ivory and tortoiseshell.
Keep things fresh with a monochromatic centerpiece. Interior designer Marshall Watson says, "I love those voluptuous peonies and roses mixed with the fragile viburnums. Doing flowers like these doesn't take much time, and it gives the room a sense that it's alive."
Placed in a clear glass vase, alliums accentuate the blue in this Robert Couturier-designed living room in a vacation house in Florida.
An asymmetrical arrangement of tulips and pear blossoms look elegant atop the mantle in a Park Avenue apartment.
In a New York apartment, an arrangement of anemones add to the living room's fuchsia-and-turquoise color scheme.
A brass vase filled with purple hyacinth sits on a window sill in Heidi Bianco's New York City apartment.